Spotted! Amanda Ma

THE ART

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Amanda Ma is fascinated by Chinese culture and architecture. “Even though I’ve never been to China myself, I did quite a bit of research before creating these illustrations,” she says. “At the same time, I didn’t want the illustrations to be photo realistic, so I decided to punch in a few fun elements for myself. I incorporated dragonflies, a frog and pig stone statues instead of the typical lion ones. To push the fun even further, I gave the environment a fish-eyed view. Whenever I work on an illustration, I try to personalize it with little stories, either through the characters or the environment.”

THE ARTIST

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Amanda Ma studied Illustration at the Academy of Art College in San Francisco. She has illustrated magazines, created t-shirts and cards, and is very keen to illustrate children’s books. “I am a very kinesthetic person and I don’t mind getting my hands dirty,” Amanda says. “I paint still-life in oil and enjoy creating with clay. I’ve also silver-smithed and would like to set up a studio one day. Almost never without a sketchbook, I enjoy sketching on location and making doodles about the things around me. I create my illustrations using watercolor, acrylic and collage.”

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